Soul Purpose by Nichelle Gregory

Soul Purpose by Nichelle Gregory
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (210 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Beautiful and ambitious, Shannon Erby is nothing short of picture-perfect in front of the cameras but her personal life is anything but flawless…

Television’s darling Shannon Erby believes her beauty and fame are both a blessing and a curse. Despite personal sacrifices, Shannon’s proud of her illustrious career…almost as much as her demanding mother is. Her glitzy, high-profile job keeps her moving in all the right circles but it’s lonely at the top. She’s tired of dating, disappointed more often than not by men only interested in bedding show biz’s ‘it girl’ but attraction sparks the instant she meets Jay Dax, a handsome executive chef she’s convinced to be on her new show.

Jay Dax has wanted Shannon since their first encounter and unexpected kiss. Dedicated to his burgeoning career and the well-being of his willful sister, Jay hasn’t given his lack of time for romance a second thought until now. He can’t get enough of Shannon’s sweet and sexy nature and he’s almost certain she craves him as much he does her.

Jay stirs up a hunger in Shannon she’s never known but she goes into an emotional tailspin when she is faced with a terrifying diagnosis. She shuts Jay out, despite her feelings, determined not to involve him, especially after learning of his experience with her frightening secret.

Shannon would rather walk away from the best relationship she’s ever had to avoid burdening Jay with her struggle. She wants to believe there is more than just great sex between them, but that would mean putting the strength of their connection to the test. Does she dare trust her heart and Jay’s promise to protect it?

Shannon Erby is the definition of being a strong woman. She has a promising career as a co-host, and well loved by her friends and coworkers. She’s single and beautiful and would make an impressive mate for any man.

At first the book started out as a normal read but as the plot went on the characters became more real and more of their personal lives were developed.

I enjoyed the storyline, the set up is believable and one that is easy to follow. The characters are well developed and given a sense of realness. The issues and circumstances were ones that could touch any reader reading this book. This holds very true for myself. As I was reading the chapter where Shannon is at the doctor discussing the results of her biopsy, I was waiting to have a biopsy done. Though at that moment I stopped reading because it was unnerving to be in a situation so similar to the character I was reading about.

Following Shannon’s results the author painted a vivid picture of Shannon’s story that I could actually picture her during her moments of questioning why her, her moments of wanting to hide. Thankfully those moments passed and she found her strength and bravery. This really touched me and though Shannon is a fictitious character, her issue is one of a real woman that is facing real life health issues. Though my biopsy results were not favorable I am glad I read this story. Shannon’s story left an impression that I will be able to reflect back on.

I felt that Jay and Shannon physical relationship took off pretty fast, but I was so happy that they both were on the same accord. Jay is such a sweetheart to continuously support and save his sister when she ask, even though she got on my nerves always calling Jay for her financial needs. Shannon’s mother is another character that stayed on my nerves but I’m sure at least one reader can relate to having a mother that can’t help but meddle in their adult child’s life.

This story has two of my favorite things delicious food and a hot man cooking it! I like the balance of personal life and work life. The chef reality show is a nice addition that makes for an entertaining and fun read.

A heartfelt book of emotions that were so poignant they left a lasting impression. In addition, I would like to thank the author for a well written lasting experience.

Though this story reflects the ordeal I am facing and that a lot of women have faced, fault, survived and unfortunately a few readers may have even lost someone close to breast cancer, Nichelle has given readers a glimpse into one woman’s story that could very well be an encouraging story to someone that may actually need to read this.


  1. Ginger,

    Thank you so much for this heartfelt review. Truly, I was brought to tears reading it. I’m so glad my book touched you. I can’t imagine reading it while dealing with the same issue. I do hope you are doing better now. I want you to know your review has left a lasting impression on me as well.


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